For me, I have embraced measurements and tracking. I am not a numbers person by nature, but I have become a very goal-oriented person. I learned a valuable lesson as a marathoner and embraced the belief that “What isn’t measured cannot be changed or evaluated.”
To change your lifestyle, it’s essential to look at habits. Habits are the cumulation of repetitive patterns, so we have to substitute or break them to form new ones.
Changing To A New You With The Right Tools
Tracking and measuring your habits is easier when you have the right tools. Whether you plan a new year’s resolution or make an immediate life change, here are three easy tips to help you change into a new year with the right tools.
Tracking Your Full Measurements
Most people have a love and hate relationship with the scale, but if you want to change and improve your health, it’s essential to be aware of not just your weight but your overall body composition. Looking back year-over-year, I weigh just about the same, but my body composure is very different due to the impact of the pandemic and my training. Having the Garmin index scale allows other areas of your physical composure to be tracked and adjusted, such as muscle mass and bone structure. Additionally, it syncs seamlessly within the Garmin Connect App.
Simplify Your Habit Tracker
When tracking and making new habits, it’s crucial to keep things simple. You can be overwhelmed with writing something in a journal or have too many apps to update your daily log. This is why I love the Garmin Connect App that keeps everything within one app. From the scale to my Forerunner 945, which has unique connectIQ apps that help me keep track when away from my phone, everything is within one app. The Connect App also directly connects with other apps like Strava, Tacx trainers, and Apple Health, so whether I am cycling or logging my water, or weighing myself, having one app to save everything allows me to focus on being more mindful.
Train to Your Beat
There has been an increase in heart rate training from classes like Orangetheory to training plans that focus on heart rate zones and lactate threshold. While running pace stays the same, heart rate data will adjust and change based on my training and condition, making a useful metric to track. The HRM-Pro™ heart rate monitor transmits real-time heart rate data, whether swimming or on other fitness equipment. It’s not bulky nor has it interfered under a sports bra or other clothing.
Additionally, the HRM-Pro™ includes running dynamics that can help you improve your form. I like to think of this as a digital coach that adjusts and knows my every move. It also helps to have all the data tracked and monitored for training metrics and overall physical and mental health.